Dayton Picks Up Guard From Drake

Dayton, which signed its only scheduled recruit for the 2009-10 season last November, got another opening after sophomore guard Stephen Thomas decided to transfer. Friday, the school announced an addition to the roster.

That slot goes to former Drake guard Josh Parker.

The 6-foot-0, 165 pound guard was the Bulldogs' third highest scorer last season with 10.7 points. He also averaged 2.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 blocks while shooting 45.2 percent overall, and 43.2% beyond the arc, which would have put him in 15th place in the nation if he had the required numbers (needed 83 made, scored on 57).

The Thornton High School grad from the Chicago suburbs visited UD last week and said then he wanted to come to Dayton. The required NCAA paperwork was recently received.

As a senior at Thornton, he earned Illinois Class 2A all-state honorable mention as he averaged 14.6 points, 6.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals that season. He was again chosen to the All-South Suburban East Conference first team.

Parker will sit out this season, which shouldn't affect the Flyers with four starters and 10 of its top 11 scorers returning from last year's 27-8 NCAA team.

Just one player, that is besides Stephen Thomas, won't be around; starting forward Charles Little who has completed his four years of eligibility.

The fall signee is local star 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward Matt Kavanaugh from Centerville High School in the Dayton area. (According to Mapquest, there are seven Centervilles in the Buckeye State).

Kavanaugh averaged 17.7 points for the for the 21-4 District Champion Elks.

Dayton, which will have five scholarship seniors on their 2009-10 roster, already has a commitment from's 4-star point guard Juwan Staten from Dayton's Thurgood Marshall High School.

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